Hillsville hit and run under investigation

By Allen Worrell

June 19, 2014

The Hillsville Police Department is investigating a hit and run Friday night that caused extensive damage to a vehicle on Main Street in Hillsville.

According to Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen, the incident took place Friday night at approximately 10 p.m. when a vehicle traveling north on Hillsville’s Main Street (U.S. 52) struck a 2005 Chevy Tahoe belonging to Richard Edwards that was parked legally on the side of the street across the road from the Hillsville Presbyterian Church.

“It struck on the driver’s side rear causing extensive damage,” Bolen said. “It hit so hard, the parked vehicle’s front and rear passenger tires were knocked up on the sidewalk.”

According to Bolen, Edwards came out of the residence and saw the driver back up from the crash and proceed north on Main Street. Edwards said the vehicle was “spitting and sputtering” from the crash and was moving slowly before finally turning into the Food Lion parking lot.

“At that point, he said the driver of the suspect vehicle jumped out of the car and fled on foot back across Main Street down toward Neighbor’s through the Exxon parking lot,” Bolen said. “Sgt. Jason Hawks and I responded to the scene. Deputy Bryan Felts and Miranda Davis with the Sheriff’s Office also came to the scene and we starting searching the area on foot looking for the guy.”

Bolen said the driver was never located, so warnings were issued to stores in the area on U.S. 58 and U.S. 52 to be on the lookout for anybody matching the description of the driver.

“Right now it is an unknown driver. It was a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with expired North Carolina plates,” Bolen said. “We are running down leads to see if we can locate and identify the driver. We speculate alcohol may have been a factor.”

Edwards’ vehicle has been estimated at a total loss with damages exceeding $10,000. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Hillsville Police Department at (276) 728-2251.